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My Journey of Conscience

What Zen “Acceptance” and “Non-Attachment” Really Are

The practices of acceptance and non-attachment are critical to Zen and Buddhist practice – but they are easily misunderstood. It can sound like we’re being asked not to care about things, or not to try to change things for the better. Fortunately, this is not what Zen means by acceptance or non-attachment, because 1) it’s [Read More...]

American Buddhist Perspective

Finding Forgiveness During Challenging Times

A guest post by Emily J. Hooks Understanding and practicing forgiveness has never been more important than it is today. As tensions around the world rise, we are called to stay ever more vigilant to the energy we put out into the world. The outcome of all action is determined by the source energy behind that [Read More...]

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My Journey of Conscience

Calming Your Mind Buddhist-Style – A 30-Second Method for Non-Buddhists and Buddhists Alike

In recent weeks, given the political turmoil in the world, I’ve heard from a lot of people who are wondering how to calm their minds. It’s painful and unhelpful to be caught up in anxiety, anger, reactivity, despair, fear, and worry about the future. In addition, these kinds of emotions are what Buddhists call afflictive – that is, [Read More...]

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Monkey Mind

thinking of our mother…

I am currently re-reading Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop. Early on the young bishop encounters a native priest who tells him the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. And, well, it happens that in the legend, it was today, the 9th of December, one day after the traditional celebration of the Buddha’s great [Read More...]

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Bodhisattva Road

All Training Is On The Job

I’ve learned something important since I started leading the Zen group at the Rime Center. I’ve been reading about Zen philosophy and history for a long time. Studying this subject dominates my free time. I don’t know why, but I am one to get really excited about reading a Zen text, even reading the [Read More...]

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